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The Gay Agenda

Claiming Space, Identity, and Justice

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Edited By Gerald Walton

The «gay agenda» is a rhetorical strategy deployed by the religious right and other social conservatives to magnify fear and hostility of queers. Queers are accused, among other things, of strategizing to recruit children into sexually deviant lifestyles; dismantling family and marriage as cornerstones of civilization; and forcing the entertainment industry and court systems to do their bidding. Queers certainly do have an agenda but it is not the one that the religious right claims it is. It is to assert their presence in the public space; claim and name their identities; and strategize for social justice in law, schools, and workplaces. The Gay Agenda: Claiming Space, Identity, and Justice claims and reclaims the language of «agenda» and turns the rhetoric of the religious right on its ear. The contributors provide insightful and sharp commentary on gay agendas for human rights, marriage and family, cultural influences, schooling and education, and politics and law.

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CONTRIBUTORS Warren J. Blumenfeld, EdD, is author of Warren's Words: Smart Commentary on Social Justice (Purple Books, 2012); co-editor (with Khyati Joshi and Ellen Fairchild) of InvestiRatinR Christian PrivileRe and ReliRious Oppression in the United States (Sense, 2008); co-editor (with Maurianne Adams, Carmelita Castaneda, Heather Hackman, and Ximena Zuniga) of ReadinRs for Diversity and Social Justice (Routledge, 2013); editor of Homophobia: How We All Pay the Price (Beacon, 1992); and co-author (with Diane Raymond) of Looking at Gay and Lesbian Life (Beacon, 1993). Brian Burtch is a professor in the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University and an associate member of SFU's Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. He teaches and writes about social justice issues such as prisons, the midwifery movement, and efforts to counter homophobia and transphobia. He and Rebecca Haskell co-authored Get That Freak: Homophobia and Transphobia in High Schools (Fernwood, 2010). Tonya D. Callaghan is the author of the book That's So Gay! Homopho- bia in Canadian Catholic Schools (VDM Verlag Dr. Muller, 2012). She has more than 10 years' teaching experience in national and interna- tional, rural and urban, Catholic and non-Catholic environments. Her award-winning doctoral thesis, Holy Homophobia: Doctrinal Disciplin- ing of Non-Heterosexuals in Canadian Catholic Schools, explores Catholic resistance to anti-homophobia education in both curriculum and educational policy. She is currently an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary. 352 Contributors Joshua C. Collins is a doctoral student in adult education and human resource development at...

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